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Hard Contract (1969)

R | | Drama, Mystery | 15 May 1969 (UK)
A cold hearted American hit man goes to Europe for 'one last score'. His encounter with a beautiful young woman casts self doubt on his lifeblood, and influences him to resist carrying out the contract

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A cold hearted American hit man goes to Europe for 'one last score'. His encounter with a beautiful young woman casts self doubt on his lifeblood, and influences him to resist carrying out the contract

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A man for hire. A woman for hire. A love story. Unexpected. See more »

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Antes amar... después matar  »

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This was the only cinema film to be directed by S. Lee Pogostin, a well-known television writer. James Coburn later claimed in interviews that Pogostin was the cause of the film's considerable box-office failure, as he had refused to alter his extremely wordy script and then proved to have little idea of how to direct a film. According to Coburn, the actors more or less directed themselves whilst cameraman Jack Hildyard handled the technical details. See more »

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John Cunningham: Murder is obsolete.
Ramsey Williams: I'm an old-fashioned man and I prefer an old-fashioned contract. Get back to me when death is obsolete.
John Cunningham: It is obsolete! It's all obsolete! How do you think bitching became so big?
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LEE REMICK TAMES JAMES COBURN
13 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Coburn(John Cunninghman) gets very distracted when Lee Remick (Sheila Metcalfe) enters his room as a hooker and gives him plenty of action. He almost forgets about doing his final hit to retire on. This film is filled with great actors, Burgess Meredith( Ramsey Williams) who also played in Rocky 1 and Rocky 2. Karen Black (Ellen) and Sterling Hayden give excellelnt supporting roles along with Lilli Palmer(Adrianne), Lee Remick's close friend. This film cannot be ignored, it has too many veteran actors to make it an all time classic film of the late 60's.


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